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Wadena's mayor and two city council members have decided to seek reelection. And so far, they face no competition. Mayor Wayne Wolden and Councilwoman Jeanette Baymler filed affidavits of candidacy July 29, the first day of the filing period. Councilman Toby Pierce followed suit on Monday. The three incumbents boast nearly a half century of combined experience on the Wadena City Council. As of Monday, no one had filed to run in the special election for the final two years of Brian Hillesland's term.
Wadena officials estimate the city spent up to $80,000 on flood fighting and cleanup following torrential rains early July 11. Now that Wadena and Todd counties have been added to Minnesota's federal disaster declaration, those costs are eligible for state and federal reimbursement. On Friday, authorities expanded the declaration to 24 additional flood-affected counties and two reservations. "I appreciate the quick response of the federal government," Gov.
In northern Wadena County, the potatoes meet the pines. Looking to curb the conversion from forest to irrigated agriculture, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking for $4,260,000 to acquire up to 2,000 acres of at-risk land around the nearly 34,000 acre Huntersville State Forest and five nearby wildlife management areas. In June, the DNR submitted the funding request to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. Named, in part, for the late state Sen.
More than two weeks after Kelly Marie Lund was found dead in a tent outside of a Menahga home, the investigation into what killed the Detroit Lakes woman continues. "At this point it's a waiting game," Menahga Police Chief Scott Koennicke said Friday. "Really, that's about it." The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy, but an official there said Friday toxicology tests won't be complete for another two to eight weeks. Lund, 32, returned to her hometown for the Midsummer Festival and was staying in a tent with her boyfriend, Robert Mieseler, on her brother's lawn.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office arrested a rural Menahga woman after she allegedly fled authorities in her vehicle, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour Friday evening. The incident started about 11:50 p.m. when a citizen called into the sheriff's office to report poor driving behavior. A deputy located the vehicle a short time later on County Road 23 and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.
The filing period for four elected Wadena city positions opened on Tuesday and runs through August 12. The mayor (a two-year term) and three council member positions - two four-year terms and one two-year term - will be up for election on Nov. 4. To get on the ballot, candidates need to fill out a form at city hall and pay a $2 filing fee. They must be at least 18 years old and residents of the city of Wadena. For residents looking to fill a temporary council vacancy, Friday is the deadline to submit a letter of interest to City Administrator Brad Swenson.
A Minnesota law strengthening vaccine requirements is set to take effect on Sept. 1, just as the new school year begins. Tri-County Health Care and Wadena County Public Health are teaming up to host an immunization clinic for area students entering the seventh grade, the age group most affected by changes to the law. It will be held next Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at TCHC-Wadena Clinic. "It's been a year of change," said Heidi Happel, Wadena County Public Health community health specialist.
Say an average of five inches of rain fell upon Wadena during the early morning hours of July 11, That's more than 400 million gallons of water over 5.4 square miles - far more than the city's infrastructure could handle. Wadena's stormwater drains via a network of sewers that dump directly into Union Creek.
Despite intense recruiting efforts through advertisements and at job fairs, KLN Family Brands just can't find enough workers for its Perham factories. It's an expensive problem. Over a six week period this spring, idle production lines cost the company $330,000 in unfilled orders, said KLN recruiter Fred Sailer. Unable to find enough employees locally, the company cast a wider net.